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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October's Party by George Cooper

"October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

 The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

 Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly "hands around." "

The above poem was given to me by Chris, an Abingdon friend and the only person I've ever met who was born on my birthday. Chris says I was born on her birthday because she's a few hours...or is it minutes?...older. Last week, Chris called and said, "I have a poem for you. I had to memorize it in Mrs. Bacon's 4th grade and know you'll love it" and then, proceeded to quote the poem. I was, am, totally amazed...the only thing I remember about 4th grade is I had to get eye glasses and Chris remembers a poem! Makes me feel like a real piker but Chris was right...I do love the poem...thank you, Chris.

The computer problem was the hard drive; it crashed and a wonderful, wonderful young man named Marcus diagnosed and fixed the problem. It's funny...I took September off from blogging and, as it turns out, due to computer problems, have taken a lot of October as well. There aren't enough hours in the day, nor in me, to get it all done so, again, will visit as time permits. We're expecting snow this weekend and I still have to mortar the foundation as well as a host of other chores to prepare. Work is never finished, I simply reach a stopping point and continue the next day.

Update: Food Network Magazine be tomorrow, 5 p.m.  Winner's name will be chosen via; if winner doesn't respond within 24 hours, a new name will be chosen same way, same rules.

Blessings ~ poetry ~ George Cooper ~ October ~ Chris ~ Marcus ~


  1. I remember that poem well from grade school! I have always loved it. It was a great "present" to you.

    Glad you got your computer fixed and good luck getting everything done that needs to be done. xo Diana

  2. A lovely poem.

    Happy to hear your computer is fixed too.

    We are supposed to get snow on Saturday too!! It seems early this year.
    Keep warm. Catherine

  3. Oh that IS a lovely poem! I hope the snow holds off for a while. Bless you, friend.

  4. I know what you days are just running together as a series of chores and tasks and things forgotten that are suddenly bumped up to top priority before the snow comes. Sounds like you may be getting your first snow before me this year, but maybe that's just because I haven't checked the weather?
    Hope no snow here for some time to come, as one more big project just went on the list yesterday!
    Good luck with your list, Sandra :)

  5. I love the poem what a good friend.
    Welcome back and I understand all that needs to be done before the snow;) hug B

  6. Thank you, Sandra, for the lovely poem and the backstory. May you by the grace of God be balanced to all of your partners, the wind, the weather, the trees and the many dancers, this fall. Love to you!

  7. It's such a lovely poem!
    Autumn is beautiful! I love your photo of Thistle Cove Farm!

  8. That was a lovely, happy poem and I have never heard it before.

    Mortaring the foundation and other chores to prepare for winter. Oh my. Snow expected this weekend too.

    God's blessings, strength, peace & joy be on you dear Sandra.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  9. What a delightful poem for much fun to imagine all the leaves as participants in a part with the wind.

  10. Sorry to hear about the computer woes! I went through the same thing last winter right after Vicki's 2 Bags Full Blog Hop started!

    I love that poem and am simply amazed that your friend memorized it since the 4th grade! I wonder who the author was...

  11. SNOW???!!!! ACK! I dread it. It wouldnt' be so bad if it would snow and melt, but because it snows and just keeps accumulating until sometime in late March....

    Glad the computer issues are a thing of the past. Love the October poem!

  12. Sorry to hear about your computer and now snow! I have been praying that you would sell your farm. Hopefully soon.

  13. It is a chilly 45 here today, and I think they predict a low of 32 before the week is over. So I believe you about the snow! Sorry about the computer problems, but how wonderful that you had someone to take care of it for you!

    I've been having electronics issues myself with the latest Apple software updates. Only 1 out of 3 devices came through it with flying colors. The other two caused a lot of heartache & work to fix.

  14. Good to hear from you. And I love the poem. Thanks so much for sharing. Blessings on this glorious day!

  15. Beautiful poem! I have never read it before! Happy "late or early Birthday" to us and Chris alike! Sorry winter is fast approaching...I hope ours in the Midwest will have a late arrival!

    Be careful...glad to see you back on line!

  16. I'm glad your computer is repaired! They are such headaches when they go capooty, but so useful when they work. I think the snow you're getting is probably the same storm hitting the NC mountains, and they're expecting 6", I think. My parents are no longer there, but since they're in WVa, I guess they'll get a pile too. Stay warm and please stay safe, dear Sandra!

  17. good to read you are back in the 21st century regarding computer - sorry about the work load - not sure why God is keeping you at the farm and praying we'll be looking back next year at this time saying Aha that's what He was doing

  18. Glad the computer problem was fixable! I have always loved that poem!

  19. Always so good to hear from you! Love the poem.. so perfect. Have a blessed weekend! -Tammy


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